With the new Xbox One there appears to be a lot of features that have either been renamed or removed entirely. As I haven’t had it for even a month yet (and have been distracted by so many other games on the Xbox and Nintendo 3DS), I’m still getting to grips with the user interface. At the moment it feels like the features I want take longer to get to, even though they offer a slightly improved pin feature.
I used to love quickly accessing and comparing my achievements with friends, seeing who’s online and forming parties, but it now seems to take more clicks/screen transitions to do this, and the layout feels unnecessarily large and slower to navigate.
Here are some of the main differences in the Xbox One dashboard:
- No notifications when friends sign in
- Unable to remove games from your Gamertag/Achievement list
- No auto sign in without Kinect (If you do’nt have the Kinect plugged in, you have to sign in manually)
- You can no longer send voice messages
- Can’t update your bio (Although still available on xbox.com)
- No global play preferences
- Can’t set yourself as “Offline” before signing in
- No avatar marketplace (although should be coming soon)
- No indication of remaining battery life in controllers
- Can no longer remotely eject the disk
- No way to see the last set of people you met in online matches
- Party Chat – Every member of the party now needs to enable the chat option when joining. It is not enabled by default like it was and should be
- Friend Requests – You do not send and accept friend requests anymore. You add someone to follow and they can choose to also follow you. Neither of you will get a notification that this has taken place (not as a pop-up anyway). You can be following someone and have all the benefits of them being your friend without them ever knowing about it unless they check their “followers” feed. Basically like twitter
- Download Manager – Now rolled into “My Games & Apps” – if you have something downloading and/or anything queued to download, they will all appear here
Now a lot of this probably sounds quite negative, but as with the Xbox 360 you can assume there will be several dashboard updates. This is just the first phase really. I’m sure Microsoft will be looking into all the feedback and acting accordingly.
Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten has recently said that some major updates are on the way for Xbox One, designed to address the user interface and Xbox Live issues:
“Some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things.”
“As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren’t right, and I don’t like the model.”
“So what I’m trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. Let’s take an update and really go through a big list of what we’re hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete.”
“I think that’s a theme you’ll really see us push on – that Live experience.”
Changes to the Xbox One Interface
So far that’s everything I’ve encountered in regards to differences between the Xbox One and Xbox 360 dashboard interface. If there’s anything I’ve missed out of that you’ve recently discovered, please leave a comment below.